Courtesy PhotoKenzie Payne graduated from Emporia High School in 2013 and from the University of Kansas in 2017. She was scheduled to begin medical school on July 23.

The motion hearing for a Wichita man accused of stabbing Emporia native MacKenzie Payne to death has been continued until 10 a.m. July 22 in Sedgwick County District Court.

Dylan Barber, 25, was set for a motion hearing and possible sentencing Friday after he made a motion to withdraw a previous guilty plea in the June 2018 murder of Payne, a 22-year-old University of Kansas Medical student and 2013 graduate of Emporia High School.

Barber pled guilty to first-degree murder on Feb. 4 in Wichita. In exchange for the plea, a charge of criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and another of criminal threat were dropped.

In April, he made a motion to withdraw that guilty plea — a decision on which was set to be made Friday and will now be postponed until July 22.

The charges stem from an incident wherein Barber allegedly stabbed Payne to death at a Wichita apartment complex on June 26, 2018.

“A 25-year-old man called 911 and told dispatchers at around 2 a.m. that he had harmed his 22-year-old girlfriend in their apartment…” read a report of the incident in the Wichita Eagle.

Officer Charley Davidson with the Wichita Police Department told the newspaper that when police arrived on scene, they found a man with a knife and a woman who had suffered multiple stab wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Barber was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

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